The San Jose Mercury News this morning is reporting that the San Francisco Giants are close to signing Omar Vizquel for one more season. The terms of the agreement are rumored to be a one year deal worth $5.5 million. That’s a $1.5 million raise over his salary last season. The contract does include an option for a second season, something that Vizquel was originally looking for when negotiations began after the season. If he plays in at least 140 games, then the club will automatically pick up his option for 2009 at $5.2 million.
Let it be known that I am a HUGE Vizquel fan. So, needless to say, I am very excited to have him back. I’m also glad that they are only signing him to a one year deal. This gives us the opportunity to look for a new quality shortstop in free agency if he doesn’t produce this season, and continue to groom our minor league sensations. I think it was the appropriate move for the Giants given our options. It sounds like Vizquel is also a good voice in the clubhouse and a good teamate. So, I like what he brings to the table. Don’t expect his fielding to drop off next season. He’s over 40, but can still work the leather!
Vizquel didn’t win the gold glove award this year even though he should have. It was announced the other day that Jimmy Rollins won the gold glove at shortstop for the National League. He held a .985 fielding percentage, while Omar had a .986 fielding percentage. Omar had just nine errors all season, the fewest among full-time shortstops in the NL. But, he got shafted, and it looks like he won’t surpass Ozzie Smith who holds the all-time record with 13 gold gloves at short.
Overall, I like this move. Congratulations Omar on your new contract. Welcome back to the Giants!